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Delaware Scrabble recap, 12/28/2016 (finale)

January 5, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Jan. 5, 2017

Going into the final round of the Delaware tournament, I had some bad news and some good news.

The bad news was three-fold. One, I was not guaranteed to be the division victory; two, in the final round I’d be facing a skilled player; and three, that player, RB, was someone who had beaten me out for the division title on Monday afternoon.

The good news was two-fold: One, I’d beaten RB twice in three matches; and two, I had a big spread — plus-611 against her plus-389 — so unless she beat me by a massive score, I would still wind up with the championship.

Fittingly, the score was fairly even early on; playing second, I held a 50-46 edge after five moves.

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Delaware Scrabble recap, 12/28/2016 (part 4)

January 5, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Jan. 5, 2017

Although it felt as if hours had passed since I’d begun my game against Lady Persistence, I still had two more contests left to play. I convened my seventh-round match against KB, whom I’d beaten by 200 points the afternoon before, as hastily as I could.

Although I was 6-0 and atop the standings, I felt like I was behind badly, largely because everyone else already seemed to be halfway through their seventh-round games. (Well, everyone else except for Lady Persistence and her opponent, of course.) Playing second, I took a first-turn lead with ORIGIN/LO/AR/MI 20. That would prove to be my highest score through the first 13 plays of the game.

One of the issues was that I was getting horrid tiles. In turn 3, with a rack of CEMSTUW, I swapped out everything but the S. KB traded three tiles in turn 4, but my rack was still horrid: AHIIOSU.

“Well,” I said, “I had so much fun the last time, I’m going to do it again. Trade six.” The resulting rack, ELNRSST, was still unbalanced, but at least it gave me something to work with.

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